Created By: hotrods4ben on July 26, 2011 Last Edited By: NightShade96 on June 10, 2017

Over-the-Top Rollercoaster

A roller coaster that reaches high into the sky and Beyond The Impossible.

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Roller coasters can be made extremely tall and complicaed with the technology available, so why not push it farther?

Often times they go so high that the riders take forever to get to the top, and once there, they're high above the clouds! (Or all the way in low Earth orbit!) This is purely a Rule of Funny (or Rule of Cool) trope, since this sort of thing could never happen in Real Life (or can it?).

Compare Absurd Altitude.

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    Literature 
  • One of the Phule's Company books takes place on a world whose hat is really liking rollercoasters, with an unfriendly competition between theme parks to build the one with the highest drop. Corrupt Politicians pass a law that no coaster can go higher than x off the ground (allegedly for safety reasons but really to preserve one park's claim on being the highest). Phule & co. build one bigger anyway - Ain't No Rule that the bottom of the rollercoaster's drop has to be above ground, so they build one where the drop ends in an underground tunnel.

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    Video Games 
  • Several theme park simulation games featured one of these on the box's cover art.

    Western Animation 
  • Phineas and Ferb: The titular characters build one of these in their backyard and into the city in the very first episode (and of course the musical version). It goes all the way into space, and they have to reenter the atmosphere. They're fine.
  • In the first episode of Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko and Heffer ride a roller coaster at the carnival that goes through the clouds all the way into space (is there a trend here?), and when they come back down, the coaster is still under construction.
  • In a SpongeBob SquarePants episode, SpongeBob and Patrick ride on the Fiery Fist O'Pain at Glove World, which goes just above the surface (next to the island) and when it gets to the ground, it explodes. It also has a list of side effects:
    Crying
Screaming Projectile vomiting Amnesia Spine loss [[Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking Embarrassing accidents Uncontrollable gas]] and Explosive diarrhea
  • The Mighty B! has an episode like this. Bessie is too short to ride the roller coaster in question, but Happy bullies the operator into letting them ride.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum also has a roller coaster episode. Fanboy has mocked all the other kids for being nervous about the ride, and when they actually get to ride it, he's terrified and screams like a girl.

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • July 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    One of the Phules Company books takes place on a world whose hat is really liking rollercoasters, with an unfriendly competition between theme parks to build the one with the highest drop. Corrupt Politicians pass a law that no coaster can go higher than x off the ground (allegedly for safety reasons but really to preserve one park's claim on being the highest). Phule & co. build one bigger anyway - Aint No Rule that the bottom of the rollercoaster's drop has to be above ground, so they build one where the drop ends in an underground tunnel.
  • July 26, 2011
    KevinKlawitter
    Happens in an episode of Cat Dog.
  • July 26, 2011
    somerandomdude
    Happens in an episode of Johnny Test.
  • July 26, 2011
    terrafox
    Happens in a theme park episode of Tiny Toons Several theme park simulation games featured one of these on the box's cover art.
  • August 8, 2011
    DarkConfidant
    Also occurs in at least one episode of The Fairly Odd Parents with 'The Spleen Puncher'
  • August 8, 2011
    Prfnoff
    Compare Absurd Altitude.
  • August 8, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    perhaps could be changed in order to include other high structures, such as playground slides or other amusement park rides. For example, there was a ridiculously high slide in Calvin and Hobbes (although it was really just in Calvin's imagination)
  • August 8, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    In one of the Roger Rabbit shorts, this happened.
  • August 8, 2011
    Aielyn
    For the trope name, how about going for a portmanteau, and going with Tallercoaster?
  • August 10, 2011
    EddieValiant,Jr.
    ^^ The short in question is Roller Coaster Rabbit.
  • August 14, 2011
    hotrods4ben
    Bump. What index should this go in?
  • August 14, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The Mighty B has an episode like this. Bessie is too short to ride the roller coaster in question, but Happy bullies the operator into letting them ride.
    • Fanboy And Chum Chum also has a roller coaster episode. Fanboy has mocked all the other kids for being nervous about the ride, and when they actually get to ride it, he's terrified and screams like a girl.
  • August 24, 2011
    hotrods4ben
    Bump
  • August 24, 2011
    nitrokitty
    I like the concept, but I think it can be expanded a bit to just include all over-the-top rollercoasters shown in fiction, not just ones that happen to be tall. It's sufficient to show that the coaster is the most ridiculous ride ever, and being absurdly tall is just one way to do it.
  • August 27, 2011
    hotrods4ben
    I see your point. Maybe Over The Top Rollercoaster? Heh, double meaning.
  • April 23, 2013
    Noah1
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=4h6n088kvqnp7s3f0zwg0zwp